This Girl

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So what happens when your daughter turns seven? You celebrate her every breath. You celebrate her gentle walk upon this earth. You celebrate every beautiful thing about her. This girl! This girl has forged her unique identity in this world. From early on we realised her rejection of pink and princesses and dresses was a thing of beauty. Continue Reading

The Butterfly Wall

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There is a wall on a building on the other side of the city. It is covered in a mural of butterflies and cocoons. It bursts with colour and life. We've been going to this building quite a bit lately. We go there for appointments to get some help for my boy. He's struggling a bit in life. And I'm his mum, so I do all I can do to help him. He's Continue Reading

Handa’s Surprise

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So today he woke up and talked about the book again. He gets obsessed with books. I love that he gets obsessed. All that passion and excitement whirling around his little brain. Sometimes it's hard to keep up with too. Especially on Tuesdays. It's the day we spend together, just me and my 4 year old. It's the only day he's not at pre-school. Continue Reading

Little Lion Part 4

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Little lion wakes up next to me every morning. His little body curls into mine just like the day he was born. I still remember that day. How I carried him to my bed, an hour old. How he tucked himself into the crook of my arm. It was like we’d known each other for a lifetime. I knew how to carry him. He knew how to fit. Four years later and Continue Reading

Motherhood and The Hardship Competition

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It’s no secret that being a mother can be tough. We’re all trying to nurture our children and do the best we can. Often the conditions are not ideal. It can be lonely, unrelenting and heartbreaking. (It can also be joyful, rewarding and rock you to the core... but more of that later). In my time of being a mother I have received a tonne of Continue Reading

The Sinking of the Mother Ship

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I’m about to have surgery tomorrow. I’m nervous. Unspeakably nervous. It’s a sinus operation. Fairly routine. But with all surgeries there are risks. And the recovery from this surgery is not pretty. I'm trying to think positive thoughts, but my overactive imagination is working back to back shifts. With my history of medical procedures you’d Continue Reading

Follow The Road

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Follow the road to where it catches the crisp curve of morning, easing to the right. Turn down the narrow lane, fumbling over gumnuts through the veil of dizzy jasmine. At the brink of the creek, take the widening path, past the old sad willow crying at the foot of the hill of praise. There you will find a holy breath in time. Where your heart Continue Reading

Pluto

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For a year or two now my girl and I have been doing the "I love you all the way to the moon..." thing. You know, the tender bedtime whisper or the exuberant cuddly squeeze. Though very soon it was clear the moon was not enough, so we branched out to the planets. We got further and further out, until eventually we ran out of planets. What do you Continue Reading

Little Lion Part 3

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If he was born a girl, his middle name would have been Honey. But he wasn’t a girl, he was boy. A boy with the look of an ancient soul. He was beautiful. And he arrived into the world roaring like a lion. He roared for a year. Then he bounced and leapt for another. He was so quick, and I was slow. Catching and holding the little lion wrung me Continue Reading

Early Morning

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Early morning. His tiny hand finds mine across the bed. He holds it gently. "Mama". I'd like more sleep, but we get up. Just me and him. Taking little steps downstairs. He hops on to my lap and cuddles in. I plunge my nose into his snowy hair and breathe it all in. He asks for milk, and he cuddles in even tighter. The way he forms a Continue Reading